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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: May 17, 2012 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Pat Metheny Gem

I noticed all those recently popped up. Very cool how many full shows are being uploaded to the YouTube lately. Metheny is my list of people I still need to see before I die (or in most cases, before THEY die).

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2012-05-17 14:35:35

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 17, 2012 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Pat Metheny Gem

Next to the Dead, he is the artist I've seen the most live. Personally, I like his trio work the best, but a few of the PMG shows I've seen have been beyond magical. Go to his website and check the show list, he tours relentlessly and you should find at least one show you can get to. Most assuradely one of the best living players.

Just found out the other day he's coming to the Mesa Arts Center in September. A 30 minute drive to musical nirvana. Happy is an understatement.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: May 17, 2012 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Pat Metheny Gem

Good idea. I think I'll treat myself to a show for my birthday coming up in a little while. I suppose I can fork over $30 for the cheapest seats to see a living legend.

Do you have a favorite album?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 17, 2012 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Pat Metheny Gem

Hard to pick just one.

Right off the top of my head "Pat Metheny Trio - Live" is up there along with "Still Life (Talking)". "Like Minds" is tremendous (anytime you put Pat with Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Roy Haynes - perhaps my favorite drummer in any incarnation - you've got a recipe for hugeness).

I must say that I'm not as big a fan of his more exploratory stuff (like "Zero Tolerance for Silence") all the time, but there are times when some of it hits the spot quite nicely.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 17, 2012 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Pat Metheny Gem

Guitar players might be interested to know my old friend Van Manakas studied with Pat Matheny at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Van is from Bergenfield (nearby Hackensack - where Dawg is from). Me and Al Dimeola are also from Bergenfield, but I never met Al, and I never saw him play. John Zias is from nearby Fort Lee. Mando has seen John perform with Earth Bombs Mars band (they have a collection here on the LMA). John and Van played together in a Bergenfield-area band in 1973, named Hell's Half Acre. I was at every gig, doing Roadie work, taking cover charges at the door, helping out with the sound. Sometimes I was taping the band.

At 21, Van was hired by Gil Evans, with whom he toured the U.S. and Europe. Manakas released his debut album, Physical, in 1980. That album was followed by Love Songs in 1984 on Rounder Records. Love Songs album is out of circulation.

enjoy this SBD recording I taped of Van Manakas quartet - Love Songs album debut gig in Nyack, NY
http://archive.org/details/vm1983-03-01.SBD.flac

short discussion thread about Bergenfield-area bands in early 1970s
http://archive.org/post/378867/were-the-new-riders-the-hot-tuna-of-the-dead

short discussion thread about John Zias, excellent Garcia-chops guitar player
http://archive.org/post/272163/scary-dark-star-how-about-june-10

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: May 17, 2012 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Pat Metheny Gem

Very cool Monte! You've made some great connections over the years. I live in River Vale (15 min from Hackensack). I was in Bergenfield yesterday eating at the Chapala Grill (a great Mexican restaurant). I love that area of town by the movie theater. Very nice.

Thanks for the links. I will check out that Van Manakas show from Nyack, another very nice town! Reminds me of a super condensed east coast version of San Fran, particularly with the hills and being near the water. I wonder if the town area looked as nice in the '70s as it does now. Anyway, nice job on the sound with that Manakas show. I sampled it briefly and will listen to it over the course of the next week.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 17, 2012 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Absolutely.....

Wholeheartedly concur with SDH. Bubble that one up to the top of your "Bucket List" and make the time to go see PMG.

Back in the mid to late '70s, I was heavily into the jazz/fusion jazz scene - Renaissance, Return To Forever, Al DiMeola, Jaco, Weather Report, the Breckers, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Chick Corea Elektric, Shorter, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Alphonso Johnson - largely due to the influence of my next door neighbor who to this day remains a close friend. (That may come to a test as he is flying out from LA to go to FloydFest with me this year)

Anyway, he grew up in Philadelphia and at the time, Philly seemed to be a kind of Ground Zero for some of these guys. My buddy and I had gone up to Philly from Wilmington one night in the summer of '77 or '78. We hit a couple of small clubs looking for some live music. We had settled down in one of them when the lights go down and one of the bouncers announces a surprise for the group. In walk Pat Metheny, Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke.....impromptu, mostly acoustic and a flat soundboard. It was fookin' mind blowing.

And I'll be damned if I can remember the name of the place - somewhere in north Philly, between Cheltenham and Central High School.

Maybe that's enough info for ringo to bail me out?

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: May 17, 2012 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely.....

That sounds incredible. Circumstances like those always make a show more special. I'm a fan of all those artists you mentioned, and have recently started delving deeper into their catalogues, also partially thanks to a former neighbor in a jazz fusion band. Herbie has mostly been my go-to jazz fusion guy. I'm trying to explore other artists too though.

And here's a shameless plug for my buddy's band (They need more exposure, and are in the process of getting an agent).I think all these songs are excellent. My buddy is the guitarist, and the keyboardist has some great chops:
http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2342905